When former state GOP chairman Tom Fetzer gave his farewell speech over the weekend, he did more than just talk about all the Republican victories last year.
He called on the Republican leaders to spend less time attacking each other.
Before running for chairman two years ago, Fetzer said he had avoided state GOP politics viewing it as “mean, and nasty and petty.” But he said he decided to run last time, in part, because he felt called to do so.
But he said it was not easy.
“When I ran for chairman I was not a political virgin,” Fetzer told the state Republican Executive committee meeting in Raleigh over the weekend.
“I had worked in Jesse Helms' campaigns which tended to be knock-down, dragged out affairs. I had run for mayor of Raleigh in a city that had never elected a Republican. The campaign for chairman was the most miserable experience I've ever encountered. Things were said about me that I could not believe – vicious lies. I spent $20,000 defending my name in a lawsuit.”
Fetzer said that while politics is important, people need to keep things in perspective. He said getting married and having a child has helped him personally get a better perspective on things.
He also had some advice for the new chairman.
“If I could give you one piece of advice, please ignore the idiot bloggers,” Fetzer said. “I don't know those these people are and why they have time to do this stuff. But they need to get a life.”
That brought cheers from the members of the state GOP Executive Committee.